Ivan Turgenev

Smoke

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“Smoke” by Ivan Turgenev is a captivating 19th-century Russian novel that explores love, society, and human nature. Through a complex web of relationships, Turgenev weaves a tale of conflicting desires and societal contradictions, revealing the timeless complexities of the human heart.

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“Smoke” by Ivan Turgenev is a captivating novel that delves into the complexities of love, society, and human nature. Set in 19th-century Russia, the story revolves around the enigmatic protagonist, Litvinov, as he navigates the intricate web of relationships and confronts the contradictions of his own desires.

Litvinov, a wealthy landowner, finds himself torn between two women who embody opposing ideals. On one hand, there is the captivating and vivacious Irina, a femme fatale who represents passion, impulsiveness, and the allure of the moment. On the other hand, there is Elena, a quiet and virtuous young woman who embodies purity, restraint, and traditional values. As Litvinov grapples with his feelings for both women, he is confronted with the ultimate question of what it means to love and be loved.

Amidst this romantic turmoil, Turgenev weaves a tapestry of social commentary. “Smoke” exposes the stark contrast between Russian and European cultures, highlighting the clash between the conservative values of the Russian aristocracy and the liberal ideals of the Western world. Through his sharp and insightful observations, Turgenev unveils the hypocrisy and superficiality that often pervade high society, questioning the true worth of societal conventions and norms.

At its core, “Smoke” is a profound exploration of human nature and the complexities of relationships. Turgenev masterfully captures the essence of his characters, painting them with depth and nuance. As the plot unfolds, readers are exposed to a rich tapestry of emotions, desires, and flaws that make the characters feel strikingly real and relatable.

With its lyrical prose and thought-provoking themes, “Smoke” is a timeless masterpiece that continues to resonate with readers across generations. Turgenev’s keen insights into the human condition, his exploration of the intricacies of love, and his incisive critique of society make “Smoke” a compelling and unforgettable novel that leaves a lasting impact on all who experience it.

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Weight 285 g
Dimensions 19.8 × 12.2 cm
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